The famous Four Seasons hotel says it will offer housing to medical staff "free of charge" as they help respond to the coronavirus pandemic in New York City.
“Our health care workers are working tirelessly on the front lines of this crisis,” said founder and chairman Ty Warner in a statement. “Many of those working in New York City have to travel long distances to and from their homes after putting in 18-hour days. They need a place close to work where they can rest and regenerate."
New York City agencies including the Office of Emergency Management and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene are also helping health care workers and recently discharged Covid-19 patients get hotel rooms, so they don’t have to go home and potentially expose their families to the highly contagious virus.
OEM spokesperson Omar Bourne said that both individual hotels and hotel associations have given “a tremendous outpouring of support and offers to help.”
CNN has asked the agencies if the individuals are expected to pay for the rooms or if they are covered with public funding.